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Fiji: Union Jack No Longer Belongs on Flag; Country Will Redesign It

By    |   Wednesday, 04 Feb 2015 05:35 PM

Fiji will redesign its national flag to remove the Union Jack and other symbols of British colonialism.

“They are the symbols of the colonizer — Britain — a country with whom we are friends and will continue to be so,” Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said, according to The New York Times. “But they are not symbols that are relevant to any Fijian in the 21st century. And they should go.”

The flag includes the Union Jack and a shield with the British lion and the Cross of St. George.

Fiji will seek citizen input for a new design and select a citizens panel to decide on the final design, the Times said. The island nation plans to have a new flag in time for the 45th anniversary of its independence on Oct. 10. The current flag was adopted in 1970.

Fiji is one of four independent states that include the Union Jack on their flags. The others are Australia, New Zealand, and Tuvalu.

New Zealand will put the design of its flag up for a vote later this year to determine whether to drop the Union Jack. Australia and Tuvalu don’t have plan to drop the symbol from their flags.

Before colonization, Fiji’s flag had blue and white vertical stripes, with a red shield and a white dove.

“We must all have an open mind about the final result, but it should be symbolic of the unity of the nation and instantly recognizable the world over as uniquely and proudly Fijian,” Bainimarama said, according to Agence France-Presse.

Twitter users expressed support for the change.







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